When we first arrived in Western Australia we were told about the Golden Triangle.
It sounded a little like the Bermuda Triangle and equally as mysterious, given that we had so much to discover over the very wide ground that is Western Australia.
But nowadays we pop down to Nannup quite often, for a weekend stroll, a bike ride, or just to have lunch in one of the cafes along the main street before driving along the roads of the golden triangle.
Nannup to Balingup on the Balingup Nannup Road, Bridgetown to Nannup on the Brockman Highway and Balingup to Bridgetown on the South Western Highway – taking in some of the most remote and picturesque countryside.
Nannup, the town
Nannup’s a sleepy little town considered the gateway to the south west, and from whichever way you approach you’re sure of some beautiful rolling agricultural scenery or tall forests lining the roadside.
Festivals and Markets
There’s the garden and flower festival in August, the Music Festival in February or Early March, and the Arts Festival, to name just three and day trippers or weekenders appear from far and wide to join in the community festivities.
But imagine Back in the day when Perth was once 17 to 20 days from Nannup as pioneers travelled by horse and buggy. Today the 280km journey from Perth takes about to and a half hours while from Bunbury it’s just over an hour.
Things to do
Ask at the Visitor Centre for maps of bush walks, wildflower walks (in season) and the Bibbulman track walks.
You might like to cycle along the Munda Biddi bike trail which goes along the old timberline trail and the sidings trail in a loop from Nannup to Jarrahwood and back.
Pop into Holberry House gardens for some tranquil me-time in amongst the trees, flowers and burbling streams – and why not overnight in the lovely guest house?
Fast Facts about Nannup
- The earliest recorded European exploration was in 1834.
- Nannup means “Place to stop and rest” (from Aboriginal)
- Agriculture, viticulture, aquaculture, tourism and refined wood products are the major industries of the region which have taken over from the timber industry.
- Nannup has only around 1300 residents.
- The railway line was established in 1909, and provided transport to Perth in one day. It stopped operating in 1984. You can see evidence of the old rail trail at the restored bridge over the Blackwood River at Nannup Caravan Park. You’ll find the old timberline trail which is now part of the Munda Biddi cycle track.
- Nannup was an important meeting place for the Wardandi and Bibbulmumn people.
- The Blackwood river floods regularly and has been recoded since 1913. The most recent 1982 when much of townsite under water.
- The Nannup Tiger local legend – A Thylacine a large dog like creatues, once Australia’s larges marsupial carnivore. Shy and secretive creature, declared extinct in 1936, confined to dense forests. Nannups terrain is tiger territory and sighting continue to be made but not confirmed.